You know that many of us have an innate need (read: despair) to impress our mother or mother-in-law? If you’re planning on hosting a brunch, picnic, or an intimate Mother’s Day celebration, you might find it particularly difficult right now. Do not worry! A spring brunch – whether in honor of mom or not – doesn’t have to be a terrible test of your adulthood.
Instead, keep things simple. How simple? Like five things easy. Something to wear, something to eat, something to drink and something pretty to look at. And of course a present! Do you need a little more guidance? Here you can find all the recipes and shopping links you need.
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1. A big salad.
Forget a four-course meal! A large salad with egg whites and fresh produce can be enough to keep guests happy without weighing them down at lunchtime. We love to make a large, familiar serving of this pesto chicken cobb salad or the oh so brunchy smoked salmon salad Everything-But-The-Bagel.
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2. Something springy to wear.
Flowers are always a good idea at this time of year. But if you want to give your Mother’s Day celebration an unexpected style, why not play with matching separates or an LWD that will serve you well all season (we love this one).
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3. A refreshing cocktail (or cocktail!)
Think of sweet teas, refreshing lemonades and lots of herbal garnishes for a lunchtime drink that is tasty and refreshing. We can’t get enough of Tiffani Thiessens hibiscus splash, which is rounded off with a dash of Prosecco.
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4. A floral centerpiece.
You really don’t have to be a floral designer to create something beautiful for your Mother’s Day table. When in doubt, a bunch of uniform flowers (like roses, peonies, or hydrangeas) is a foolproof recipe. However, if you want to try creating something really special, this tutorial has everything you need to know.
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5. The perfect mother’s day gift.
We know … so much pressure! But whether you go the Sentimental Path or the Splurge Path this year, it really is the thought that counts. Not sure what to buy mom? Check out our curated gift guide for a gift she is sure to love!
This post was originally published on May 2, 2019 and has been updated since then.